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A massive sturgeon caught in the Detroit River



A crew from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was shocked by their lives when, while patrolling the Detroit River, they rolled into a sturgeon nearly 10 feet and 240 pounds, probably over 100 years old.

The fish, believed to be one of the largest ever caught in the United States, was found near Grosse Ile. The crew marked him and released him back into the river.

“We are trying to protect this fishery,” Justin Kioti, a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, told The Detroit Free Press. “Everyone always catches a huge sturgeon. Everyone catches 100 kilograms. But a fish of this size is very, very rare to catch.”

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Scientists have estimated that the fish hatched in the Detroit River sometime in the 1920s, when Detroit was the fourth largest city in America. But, they added, this is a conservative assumption. He’s probably even older.


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